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in benghazi, libya, is being labelled the terrorist attacks. that was not the initial story we begin with what it does mean. our chief correspondent, andrea mitchell, good evening. >>> good evening, tonight, the white house confirmed the attack was an act of terror, officials say by al qaeda members. but big whens remain about when it was planned and why initial reports were wrong under heavy guard, secretary of state hillary clinton, arriving in libya today to attend a memorial service for the americans killed there. now that the fbi is on scene, the u.s. acknowledged reports of a protest gone wild were wrong. on air force one, the press secretary, jay carney says it was self-evident that what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. president obama was asked about that today >> what we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm u.s. interests. >> reporter: intelligence officials now believe it could have been a planned attack all along, looking like a protest. today, offi
christopher stevens at the u.s. embassy compound in benghazi, libya, new reporting tonight on the security situation before the fatal attack. >> reporter: today, the burned out consulate in benghazi is sealed off, and security is tight. but why was there not more security the night that four americans were killed over the weekend, the ambassador, susan rice claims, there was a strong security presence at the consulate. >> we had security personnel in benghazi, a significant number, and tragically, must be the four were two u.s. security personnel. >> reporter: but other sources contradict that account, saying the two former seals, glenn dougherty and tyrone woods, who saved lives were not in libya to provide personal security for the ambassador or for consulate personnel and u.s. officials say consulate security consisted of a u.s. regional security officer and a local militia, known as the february 17th group, which guarded the outpost. chris stevenss often had little security detail >> the security there was very low, i would characterize it as no security whatsoever. shocking and irresp
at the consulate in benghazi, the militia is not under the president's control. here's our report tonight. >> reporter: taking advantage of growing outrage many libyans hold responsible for the attack, the president's president issued an ultimatum giving militias 48 hours to put down their weapons and disband. this just days after protesters stormed the consulate in benghazi. while u.s. officials have praised the attack on ben began gas si. in an interview with the "new york times," egypt's president defended his government's slow response to the attack, telling the paper, quote, we can never condone this kind of violence, but we need to deal with the situation wisely. responding to president obama's recent remarks that he didn't consider them an ally. in a message he's likely to echo this week, he said it's up to the united states to repair relations with the arab world. >>> now to nbc's education nation, our ongoing in depth looking at the challenge of americas schools and the possible solutions. the education summit began today. that's where rehema ellis is tonight. >> reporter: accord
're learning more about the attack on the american consulate in benghazi, libya, which killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans. the obama administration says it was a planned terrorist attack, and the fbi is investigating a possible al qaeda link, and an issue that secretary of state hillary clinton discussed today. meanwhile, ann curry sat down with the president of libya to discuss the situation. >> reporter: would you call the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi an act of terrorism? >> i have no doubt about that. and it is a pre-planned act of terrorism directed against american citizens. >> reporter: you're confirming that rpgs were used in the original attack? >> mortars -- >> reporter: they were used in the attack? >> yes. >> reporter: and do you know how many mortars were used? >> about 500. >> reporter: and you were saying they were fired with such accuracy that this could not have been done by somebody who didn't have experience? >> experience and knew what he was doing. >> reporter: and this is what is helping to convince you that this was a pre-planned attack, not a r
.s. acknowledged reports of a protest gone wild were wrong. jay carney said i think that what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. president obama was asked at that at a forum today. >> what we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm u.s. interests. >> reporter: intelligence officials now believe it could have been a planned attack all along, looking like a protest. today, officials briefed top members of congress. >> i think the story now is that there was not a demonstration. this was a pre-planned attack. >> reporter: but after the killings, the administration blamed it on protests sparked by the anti-islamist video. >> what happened in benghazi was a spontaneous reaction to what had happened hours before in cairo. >> reporter: franchiustrated, j mccain lashed out at officials for not pointing to al qaeda members. >> i was shocked they thought it was a spontaneous demonstration. it shows the level of their knowledge about fundamental aspects of terrorist attacks and m
people were killed. still, a result of that anti-muslim video. but in benghazi, libya, where the u.s. ambassador and three other americans were killed last week, a different kind of demonstration. thousands of libyans turned out to support the u.s., and even storming an islamic headquarters. >>> and now the emotional visit to this country, by the nobel prize recipient, aung san kyi was awarded the congressional gold medal on her first visit to the u.s. since she was freed after years under house arrest. nbc's ann curry sat down for a rare interview with her today, she is with her in the studio today. >> that is absolutely right, aung san kyi endured 15 years of house arrest, fighting for democracy in myanmar, separated from her husband who was dying, before she was finally released. she is now a member of her country's parliament. and we again by asking her about her meeting with president obama >> it is a privilege, and it is also -- i like your president. >> reporter: did you ask him to lift economic sanctions on burma? >> i have already discussed this with members of your congre
on the unrest in libya and the middle east. at times emotional. >> the attacks on the civilians from benghazi were attacks on americans. there should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice. and on this we must agree. there is no speech that justifies mindless violence. >> reporter: president obama also appeared to draw a real line in the sand about iraq's nuclear weapons. >> let me be clear. america wants to resolve this issue through true diplomacy and we need the time and space to do so. a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: but the president's strong words weren't enough to satisfy mitt romney. >> we can look at the record for the last four years s.iran closer to a nuclear weapon or not? and we know the answer. it's closer to a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: it was a whirlwind day of media appearances for both romney and the president. it was hard to miss them, either physically in new york or on tv. >> i'm just supposed to be eye candy here for you guys. >> and both trying to one-up each other in
, that one in benghazi at the u.s. consulate. demonstrators are angry by the film, tried to burn it down. the u.s. state department says all staff have been accounted for. >> richard engel on this explosion of violence just today. thanks. >>> there's a new flare up between the u.s. and israel over iran. what seems to have set this off, recent remarks by secretary of state hillary clinton. she said the u.s. would not set deadlines or name so-called red line limits that can't be crossed concerning iran's nuclear activities. netanyahu of israel fired back today, saying those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before israel. and we learned today, the president is not going to meet with netanyahu when he comes to address the u.n. here in new york later this month. >>> in the city of chicago, the third largest in our country, another day of no school and no options for parents and students there. the teachers strike has now stretched through day two. and again tonight, thousands gathered and marched in the downto
. >> reporter: in benghazi, the birthplace of libya's revolution, thousands took to the streets demanding dozens of the country's militias be dismantled. >> we have to make just one army in libya. >> reporter: what began as a peaceful protest ended in a clash with armed groups that came to dominate the city in response to the september 11 attack of the u.s. consulate that killed four americans, they stormed a group they claim was involved in the assault. within hours protesters in the compound forced militia members to flee. at least 11 protesters were killed and dozens injured in clashes. cnn reports it found a copy of ambassador stevens's personal journal after the attack and that stevens wrote about how he feared for his life in the newly liberated country. his step-father tells nbc news tonight the report that he, quote, feared for his life, didn't sound like something he would write. american embassies remain on high alert in the wake of protests over the anti-islam film posted on youtube this month. in pakistan the death toll rose to more than 20 today. violent clashes between police and p
on the civilians from benghazi were attacks on americans. there should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringi ini them to justice. and on this we must agree. >> reporter: president obama also drew a line in the sand about iraq's nuclear weapons. >> america wants to resolve this issue through true diplomacy and we need the time and space to do so. a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: but the president's strong words weren't enough to satisfy mitt romney. >> we can look at iran for the last four years, is iran closer to a nuclear weapon or not? and we know the answer, iraq is closer to a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: it was a media day for both president obama and mitt romney. whether physically in new york or on tv. and both trying to one up each other in praising bill clinton at the former president's annual conference on global giving. >> if there's one thing we have learned in this election season by the way, it is that a few words for bill clinton can do a man a lot of good. all i got to do now is wait a couple o
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